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The Wall Street Journal exposes yet another example of the shift in the racial tolerance among Arizonans. By the way, those of us from the deep South thank you, Arizona. Now when people think of racial injustice and bigotry, Mississippi won’t be the first state that comes to mind. The Journal reports:

In the 1990s, Arizona hired hundreds of teachers whose first language was Spanish as part of a broad bilingual-education program. Many were recruited from Latin America.

Then in 2000, voters passed a ballot measure stipulating that instruction be offered only in English. Bilingual teachers who had been instructing in Spanish switched to English.

Teachers who don’t meet the new fluency standards have the option of taking classes to improve their English, the Journal reports, but if they fail to reach the state’s targets would be fired or reassigned. Or the could simply rename the program “Some Child Left Behind.” Just a thought.


One Comment

  1. Yes, we do love the distraction Arizona has provided.

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